Title: The Weird Reason Tsunami Fires Broke out After Japan Earthquake Author: Mindy Weisberger Source: www.livescience.com
The story takes place in Japan when "Tsunami fires" happened after an earthquake.
Following a magnitude-7.8 earthquake in the Sea of Japan on July 12 of that year, a tsunami wave barreled toward Okushiri Island in northern Japan. Suddenly, several boats in the port spontaneously burst into flames, and winds from the tsunami drove the blaze inland, to devastating effect, according to Yuji Enomoto, a professor emeritus at Shinshu University in Japan.
These so-called tsunami fires are an underestimated and understudied hazard of tsunamis, Enomoto told Live Science. As there are significant quantities of methane buried in coastal regions off Japan, this merits closer attention in order to head off fires that could potentially be triggered by powerful earthquakes, he added.
In the text it says" scenes of utter devastation, with houses and Buddhist temples splintered in the mud, boats thrown far inland, and roofs of some homes floating out to sea," The New York Times reported on July 14 of that year.
"The offshore area looked shining white and bubbling," one witness said. "Bacterial mats suggesting methane release have been found off the west of Okushiri Island, where the tsunami originated," the researchers reported.